Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, December 15, 2006
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College
510.659.6206
www.ohlone.edu

For Immediate Release:

Ohlone College Awarded Job Development Incentive Fund (JDIF) Grant

Fremont, CA—Ohlone College has been awarded a two-year Job Development Incentive Fund (JDIF) grant, by The California Community College Chancellor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, to provide training on a no-cost or low-cost basis to participating employers who create employment opportunities.

The program will be implemented by Ohlone College with partners from state and local economic and workforce development entities such as Alameda Workforce Investment Board, community-based organizations, One-Stop Centers, Newark Chamber of Commerce, regional biotechnology industry, and the private sector. The program will provide an assessment survey to determine training needs and will design, develop and deliver training for those seeking employment in the biotechnology industry.

The program will enable individuals to enter the biotechnology industry as highly trained specialists for occupations including research and development, clinical research, manufacturing and production, regulatory affairs, quality systems, information systems, marketing and sales. It will provide upgrade opportunities through training for those who are low-income as well as CALWORKS recipients seeking an acceptable wage level for self-sufficiency.

The program will be implemented by Ohlone College under the leadership of Dr. Ron Quinta, Dean of the Math, Science & Technology Division, with partners from state and local economic and workforce development entities including the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, CalWorks, community-based organizations, One-Stop Centers, Newark Chamber of Commerce, regional biotechnology industry, and the private sector.

For additional information about the grant and the project, please contact Josie Sette at 510-979-7952.

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